Sports SUmmary: Men’s soccer wins first NCAA championship in school history

Sports SUmmary: Men’s soccer wins first NCAA championship in school history

Men’s hoops extends win streak to four.
Published: December 14, 2022
Jeorgio Kocevski #8 of the Syracuse Orange hoists the NCAA trophy during the Men’s Soccer arrival at the John A Lally Athletics Complex on December 13, 2022 in Syracuse, New Yor
Jeorgio Kocevski #8 of the Syracuse Orange hoists the NCAA trophy during the men’s soccer arrival at the John A. Lally Athletics Complex on Dec. 13, 2022.

On Monday, Syracuse men’s soccer won their first ever championship, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 7-6 in penalty kicks. 

After finishing last season 8-8-2 and 2-5-1 in conference play, a run to the title was an unexpected one. However, after finishing the regular season a remarkable 12-2-3, that included multiple victories over ranked opponents and going into the ACC tournament, the Orange looked like a team that was on the upward mend.

Through the magnificent play of goaltender Russell Shealy, and forwards Levonte Johnson and Nathan Opoku, the Orange muscled their way to the ACC tournament trophy. 

With their victory in the ACC Tournament, the team achieved a first round bye in the NCAA tournament and the number three seed. After victories over Penn, Cornell and Vermont, the team advanced to the College Cup where they defeated Creighton to advance to the championship game. 

The heroic performance and efforts by head coach Ian McIntyre will forever be indebted into Syracuse soccer history.

Men’s basketball continues to prosper

After a rough batch of performances against the Bryant Bulldogs and the Illinois fighting Illini, Syracuse men’s basketball has now won four straight games, including victories in the last week against Monmouth and longtime rivals Georgetown.  

Freshman point guard Judah Mintz is continuing to find his stride, averaging an astounding 11.5 free throw attempts per game in his last two outings and knocking down an impressive 91.3% of them. 

During this win streak, center Jesse Edwards is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds per game on an efficient 71.1 field goal percentage. 

Next up for head coach Jim Boeheim and company is a matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Upstate New York opponent Cornell at the JMA Wireless Dome.

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Monmouth's Jack Collins (13) goes up for a dunk against Syracuse on Dec. 12, 2022.

Women’s hoops makes light work of inferior competition

Syracuse women’s basketball crushed both of their opponents this past week, outsourcing Wagner and Coppin State by a whopping 48 points. 

While senior guard Dyaisha Fair continues to be head coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s high volume scorer, averaging 18.4 points per game. Transfer forward Dariauna Lewis continues to dominate the boards, totaling 31 rebounds during the team’s three game win streak. 

The team is now 8-2 through their first 10 games, a two game improvement from their record through their first 10 games last season. 

Next up on the squad’s plate is an ACC showdown on Sunday at noon against Wake Forest, who the Orange lost to last year 76-60. The game will be played at the JMA Wireless Dome. 

New faces coming to Syracuse football next year

After the departures of both offensive coordinator Robert Anae, and defensive coordinator Tony White, head coach Dino Babers and Syracuse football will have some new personnel on the coaching front for the 2023 season.

While the team has already found a new offensive coordinator Jason Beck, who was the team’s QB coach last season, safeties coach Nick Monroe will act as the interim defensive coordinator for their matchup against Minnesota in the Pinstripe Bowl

For the transfer portal, while cornerback Duce Chestnut has already announced that he will be transferring for next season, former four star defensive lineman Braylen Ingraham is transferring to Upstate New York after spending this past season on Alabama’s roster.